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Boyhood (2014)

R | | Drama | 15 August 2014 (USA)
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The life of Mason, from early childhood to his arrival at college.

Director:

Richard Linklater
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 173 wins & 210 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellar Coltrane ... Mason
Patricia Arquette ... Mom
Elijah Smith ... Tommy
Lorelei Linklater ... Samantha
Steven Chester Prince ... Ted (as Steven Prince)
Bonnie Cross Bonnie Cross ... Teacher
Sydney Orta Sydney Orta ... Elementary School Girl (as Sidney Orta)
Libby Villari ... Grandma
Ethan Hawke ... Dad
Marco Perella ... Professor Bill Welbrock
Jamie Howard Jamie Howard ... Mindy
Andrew Villarreal Andrew Villarreal ... Randy
Shane Graham ... Neighborhood Friend #1
Tess Allen ... Neighborhood Friend #2
Ryan Power Ryan Power ... Paul
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Storyline

Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason's parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, BOYHOOD charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay's Yellow to Arcade Fire's Deep Blue. BOYHOOD is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. Written by IFC Films

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

12 years in the making

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references, and for teen drug and alcohol use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

15 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Untitled 12 Year Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$387,618, 13 July 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$25,379,975

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,692,666
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the campfire scene, the movie showed Dad and Mason talking about the possibility of another "Star Wars" movie. The campfire scene and the previously shown Obama/Biden campaign scene set in 2008 showed Mason at the same age. The real plans for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) were first conceived after the acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney in 2012. Eventually, this movie was released in the same year that Episode VII started filming. See more »

Goofs

In one of the first scenes of the movie when the Mom is driving Mason and Samantha in her car, they drive by a street with an old car and a boat in the driveway. A few seconds later, they drive by the same street with the same car and boat. See more »

Quotes

Mom: [Mason Jr. and Samantha start fighting in the backseat] Hey! What's going on back there? Stop it! Put a barrier up! Come on, make a barrier with your pillow!
Mom: Okay, we're going to play a game: Whoever can stay quiet the longest wins. And, go!
[Samantha and Mason Jr. start tickling each other, instead]
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Connections

Featured in Boyhood: The 12 Year Project (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Wish You Were Here
Written by David Gilmour, Roger Waters
Performed by Savannah Welch
Published by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI) on behalf of Roger Waters Music Overseas Ltd., © 1975 Pink Floyd Music
Publishers Limited administered by Imagem UK Limited
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Future classics
6 February 2014 | by i-accept-meSee all my reviews

BOYHOOD...What a great movie! I simply believe in America again! They are also humans, guys, trust me:) Its obviously doesn't matter if you are an American, German or Russian. There are the same problems, the same ways, the same love inside us. As a Russian I must say I understand American people and also myself much much better with this movie. It was like... about me... I just COULD NOT imagine how much we are all the same.. Just love it! If I look at my childhood in the former USSR I see not much difference, the cars and houses are different, we spoke Russian, but that feeling, that pulse of life, that sometimes "lost" fathers and mothers to solve every day problems, fighting for the existence and good life for the children are so familiar to me.. That long hair and piercing.. Oh boy, its all so much alike. And those "Paul was greater than the others...". The movie is just breathing, its a three hours of fresh air!

I do not want to say much about the qualities of the movie.. It is overall brilliant. I do believe, this will be a classical film, and students all over thew world will study it in future at their film schools. P.S. Sorry for my poor English.


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